Oyo State Government has disclosed that 23 out of the 27 Egunguns (Masquerades) in the state have signed a non-violence pact with the Oyo State Police Command.
The government in a joint statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun and the Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on Community Relations, Alhaji Bidemi Siyanbade made available to newsmen in Ibadan said it had also secured the commitment and readiness of the security agencies in the state to maintain peace, law and order during the period of the Egungun festival.
They advised custodians of the Egungun festival in and across the state to abide by their promise of celebrating Egungun festival devoid violence and hooliganism.
According to the government, there is the need for the custodians of Egungun in Ibadanland not to renege on their promises as peace, security and safety has been consistently placed at the fore during the series of stakeholders’ meetings involving heads of masquerades across the state and the Aare Isese drawn from all the geographical zones of the state and custodians of the masquerades with government officials.
Oyo State government in the statement disclosed that as at present, 23 of the 27 Egunguns in the state have signed a non-violence pact with the Oyo State Police Command, and that it has also secured the commitment and readiness of the security agencies in the state to maintain peace, law and order during the period of the Egungun festival.
The government however lauded the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji for keying into the Governor Abiola Ajimobi peace initiative during the festival with his admonition to the custodians of the Masquerades (Egungun) to maintain peace and order, urging that Masquerades should curb the excesses of their followers as promised during the meetings with the state government officials.
It urged the masquerades to celebrate the 2018 Egungun festival in accordance with the age long norms and traditions of the Egungun Festival albeit in a non-violent manner.
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